Epic Games, the developers of franchises like Gears of War, are on the brink of showing off the brand new version of their Unreal Engine. Unreal Engine 4 will be demoed during this week's Game Developers Conference to select attendees, though we won't be privy to what's shown behind closed doors.

Okay, so who are Epic aiming this private presentation towards? The folks that will have to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs, as they're called colloquially) are Epic's prospective clients. As per the press release that announced the nature of Epic's presence at GDC:

Epic will also unveil a preview of its next-generation game technology, Unreal Engine 4, to select licensees, partners and prospective customers during the exhibition. Space is very limited, and appointments and non-disclosure agreements are required to see the Unreal Engine 4 presentation.

The public will likely not see a demo for the brand new tech, we're just guessing here, until E3. E3 is obviously the major jumping point for gaming companies and the public, GDC is more meant for business, select press coverage and previews. News will come from this week's show, for sure, but not as much as we'll see in June during E3.

The video at the head of this post is what Epic Games showed off for their Unreal Engine 3 at last year's GDC. It's called "The Samaritan," and it's a beautiful tech demo. It's scary to think the Unreal Engine 4 is better than that, isn't it?

We'll have more on this as it comes, including the eventual demo clip we're bound to see in the coming months.